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8 stories found over the past 45 days
'Catastrophic' floods in Myanmar hit most vulnerable, including children – UN agencies

03 August 2015 – Myanmar has suffered heavy rains, winds and flooding since Cyclone Komen made landfall in Bangladesh on 30 July, causing landslides and damage in different parts of the country, according to United Nations agencies.


With 99 days to go before Myanmar elections, UNICEF urges candidates make children the clear winner

01 August 2015 – The top representative for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)in Myanmar has reminded candidates from more than 80 political parties running in historic elections 99 days from today “to make new commitments for children” to improve spending for health, education and social welfare that remains the lowest in the Southeast Asian region.


UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie visits displaced people in Myanmar’s Kachin state

31 July 2015 – Oscar-winning actress and United Nations refugee agency Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, travelled yesterday to Myanmar’s Kachin state, where internally displaced persons (IDPs), including a number of women, told her their stories.


Momentum building for UN-backed accord to combat billion dollar rogue fishing business

30 July 2015 – Thirteen additional countries need to ratify an agreement brokered by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to combat illegal fishing by blocking ports to ships known or believed to be carrying illicit catches that account for more than 15 per cent of global output, the agency said today.


Senior UN official on refugee protection urges more support to Myanmar’s Rakhine state

20 July 2015 – Wrapping up a five-day mission to Myanmar, Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection in the United Nations refugee agency called for more concerted support to resolve the plight of displaced people and those with undetermined citizenship in the country.


At academic event, UN officials spotlight data and technology as key to sustainability

08 July 2015 – The importance of quality data and cutting edge information communication technologies (ICTs) is increasingly critical to the shaping of the future sustainable development agenda, the head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) confirmed today.


UN officials recall 'horror' of Srebrenica as Security Council fails to adopt measure condemning massacre

08 July 2015 – As the United Nations Security Council failed to adopt a resolution that some of its permanent members called “vital for reconciliation” and others called “divisive,” senior UN officials stressed that the horror of the genocidal massacre at Srebrenica continued to haunt the Organization 20 years after thousands of ethnic Bosnian Muslim men and boys were slaughtered during a week of preventable brutality.


UN agency welcomes new proposals by Southeast Asian States on region's refugee and migrant issues

03 July 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed proposals by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to set up a task force and trust fund to respond to the irregular movement of refugees and migrants in the region.